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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Orchestre Métropolitain and Stéphane Tétreault present Winter Evenings

Montréal, Thursday, December 11, 2014 - The Orchestre Métropolitain, under the direction of guest conductor Kensho Watanabe, present the programWinter Evenings, featuring the Orchestre's first ever Soloist-in-Residence, cellistStéphane Tétreault, on Friday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Maison symphonique de Montréal. Thanks to a collaboration with the Conseil des arts de Montréal On Tour program going back more than 25 years, the program will also be presented in the boroughs of Verdun (Église Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs:Wednesday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m.), Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve(Maison de la culture Mercier: Thursday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m.) and Saint-Léonard (Mirella and Lino Saputo Theatre at the Leonardo da Vinci Centre: Saturday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m.).

Winter Evenings
As a prelude to winter, the Orchestre Métropolitain will celebrate the music of Corelli and Tchaikovsky in its Winter Evenings concert. The remarkable cellist Stéphane Tétreault, our first ever Soloist-in-Residence and an audience favourite, joins him in a performance of the famous Variations on a Rococo Theme. The program will be conducted by Kensho Watanabe, who will be replacing Alexandre Bloch, originally scheduled to appear.

On the program:

Corelli: Concerto grosso, Op. 6, No. 8 "The Christmas Concerto"
Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 "Winter Dreams"

Kensho Watanabe, Guest Conductor
Kensho Watanabe, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, received a diploma in 2013 from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with distinguished conducting pedagogue Otto-Werner Mueller. He returned to Curtis in the fall of 2013 as the school's inaugural Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellow, under the mentorship of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Recent conducting experiences include appearances with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. Kensho has participated in masterclasses with conductors such as David Amado, Giancarlo Guerrero, Michael Jinbo, Vladimir Jurowski, Lorin Maazel and Robert Spano. Kensho received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Yale College and a Master of Music in Violin from the Yale School of Music. He performs regularly with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a substitute violinist, and spends his summers at the Greenwood Music Camp, where he serves as Orchestra Conductor.

Stéphane Tétreault, Soloist-in-Residence, cello
In November 2013 at the age of just 20, Stéphane Tétreault was honoured with the first ever Fernand-Lindsay Career Award from the Père Lindsay Foundation. In 2011, Stéphane was named a Révélation Radio-Canada in classical music and Personality of the Week by La Presse newspaper. The following year, he was one of 25 Artists of the Year for 2012 and nominated for the La Presse Personality of the Year. Stéphane also earned the Opus Award for Discovery of the Year and the 2013 Choquette-Symcox Award from the Jeunesses Musicales of Canada Foundation. In 2012, Stéphane Tétreault launched his first album accompanied by the Orchestre symphonique de Québec under the direction of maestro Fabien Gabel. The recording received rave reviews from the British journals The Strad and Gramophone, and earned a prestigious Editor's Choice award in the March 2013 edition of the latter. It was also nominated for Album of the Year at the 2013 ADISQ Gala and Disc of the Year at the 2013 Opus Awards Gala. Stéphane Tétreault studied cello for more than ten years with the late Yuli Turofsky and holds a bachelor's degree in Performance from Université de Montréal. He plays on the 1707 Countess of Stainlein, ex-Paganini Stradivarius cello, generously on loan from Jacqueline Desmarais.

Preconcert conference
A free 30-minute bilingual conference will be presented one hour before each concert at 6:30 p.m. Claudio Ricignuolo, a violinist with the Orchestre and speaker, invites music lovers to learn about the works on the evening's program. This activity is just one expression of the Orchestre Métropolitain's desire to share its passion for classical music and to make this repertoire accessible to everyone.

Tickets can be purchased at the following concert locations:
Maison symphonique de Montréal
Place des Arts
175 Sainte-Catherine Street West

Église Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs
4155 Wellington Street

Maison de la culture Mercier
8105 Hochelaga Street

Mirella and Lino Saputo Theatre
Leonardo da Vinci Centre
8370 Lacordaire Boulevard

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